Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:24 UTC, submitted by koki
GNU, GPL, Open Source Now this is interesting. We see what is at its core a very valid concern, in practice not a problem to anyone, and, thanks to the tone of the press release, close to trolling. The Free Software Foundation Latin America is complaining about something that has been known for a while - there is some non-Free code stuck in the Linux kernel (mostly firmware). A valid issue of concern from an idealogical viewpoint, but sadly, the tone of the press release turns this valid concern into something close to trolling.
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RE[2]: This is a solved problem.
by boldingd on Wed 10th Nov 2010 07:38 UTC in reply to "RE: This is a solved problem."
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2009-02-19

It's more than just "some distributors pull them out." I do believe that, when you check out the kernel's source and run the configure script, it has a high-level option to not include any binary firmware blobs. An effective solution to this problem is built right into the kernel's make system.

Solutions to this problem don't just exist, they are well-supported and incredibly easy to use.

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